The Branson aldermen have passed an ordinance to limit public gatherings, effective immediately, to limit the spread of COVID-19 within the city of Branson.

This ordinance passed its first and second reading with all six aldermen voting in favor of the bill during the city’s aldermen meeting Thursday night.

This ordinance is designed to limit the spread of COVID-19 within the city of Branson.

This ordinance has the following outlines:

–Prohibits public gatherings of 10 or more people

–Allows businesses to remain open as long as they don’t exceed 25% of their occupant load in enclosed spaces, which will have the effect of making sure appropriate social distance guidelines can be met.

–Daycares and medical facilities are exempt from occupant load requirements.

In regards to Branson shows/theaters, they do fall under the definition of a public gathering and are restricted to 10 people or fewer. This number includes staff.

There are also punishments in place for those who may choose not to follow this ordinance. According to a city report, violations of this ordinance range from a punishment of up to 90 days in jail or up to a $500 fine.

This ordinance will sunset when the emergency proclamation of the Mayor, which was passed Tuesday, expires May 15.

The board also unanimously passed a resolution encouraging the residents of Branson to implement the mitigation strategies laid out by the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institute of Health.

 

This resolution directs the city of Branson to follow specific guidelines that include:

- Avoid visiting hospitals, long term care facilities or nursing homes.

- Do not go to the emergency room unless essential.

- Stay home when sick.

- Practice excellent personal hygiene habits, including washing your hands with soap and water frequently, coughing into a tissue or your elbow, and avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.

- Stay away from people who are ill, especially if you are at higher risk for COVID-19

- Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects.

- Stay informed by checking coronovirus.gov for changing and additional information.

 

The City of Branson encourages employers to:

- Maximize telecommuting options for as many employees as possible.

- Have employees to stay home when they are sick and maximize flexibility in sick leave benefits.

- Consider staggering start and end times to reduce large numbers of people gathering at the same time.

 

The full resolution, including the staff report, can be found behind the March 19, 2020 agenda at bransonmo.gov/AgendaCenter.

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